Tuokka by Katja Mustaniemi

Katja Mustaniemi is a creative designer from Finland who designed the Tuokka backpack as part of her final thesis at the Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts. it is such a beautiful piece, and i absolutely loved seeing her entire design process on her website. now the question is, where can we buy one?

Inspiration for this work came from deep down – from my childhood in Finnish forests and growing up in scandinavian functionality. I studied the technique of birch bark (basket) weaving and designed and made a backpack with attachable pockets. The pockets also function as additional compartments or separate handbags, and are sized for modern everyday objects like a smartphone and a tablet. Easy and durable closure is created by using magnets and snap fasteners. Material used is recycled leather. My goal was to reproduce a functional and aesthetic product which brings the traditional and historically important craft into the present.

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Kuwaii Giveaway!

remember i featured the gorgeous Melbourne home of Kuwaii designer Kristy around this time last year? well now i’m happy to present a giveaway from their new S/S 13-14 Magic Eye collection!

With a perfectly balanced harmony of form and function, the Kuwaii aesthetic is at once both strikingly simple and intricately precise. Clean lines, classic silhouettes, understated detailing and perfect proportions create a sense of effortless beauty. And yet, upon closer inspection a hidden world of subtle intricacies is revealed: a quality of workmanship, fabrics and finishings, refined tailoring and precise techniques. An intelligent study of design and production, which is as much philosophical as it is fashionable.

Kuwaii kindly let me pick 5 of my favourite items, one of which you can win. all you have to do is:

  1. leave a comment telling me which of the 5 pieces is your favourite
  2. share that item on either instagram or twitter or facebook (you’ll find handy images to share below)
  3. use the hashtag #missmosskuwaii
  4. be sure to follow Kuwaii on either instagram: @kuwaii or twitter: @kuwaiitweets or facebook

the pieces you stand to win are: 1. the Magic Eye Dress, 2. the Dimensions Dress, 3. the Stereogram Dress, 4. the Cicada Flat Sandal or 5. the Darby Gold Shoe.

Miss Moss Kuwaii Giveaway #missmosskuwaii

below you’ll find the images to share on either Instagram, Twitter or Facebook! just right click and save, or if you’re using an iPhone or iPad – hold your finger on the image for a few seconds and select “save image” (it will appear in your camera roll). and please remember to use the hashtag #missmosskuwaii. good luck!

Magic Eye Dress #missmosskuwaii
Dimensions Dress #missmosskuwaii
Stereogram Dress #missmosskuwaii
Cicada Flat Sandal #missmosskuwaii
Gold Darby Shoe #missmosskuwaii


the giveaway is open to all readers worldwide. if you are outside Australia your package might be subject to your country’s import duties / taxes. only one winner will be picked at random. giveaway closes Wednesday 25 September.

Gorman

i love Aussie brand Gorman – their prints just scream S U M M E R. and since us south africans, and our counterparts in the southern hemisphere, are going into spring i feel like this is the kind of stuff everyone should be wearing. at the moment we are still having some cooooold days, but perhaps if we, as a collective, wear beautiful bold prints it will force the sun to come out.

there is a distinctive handwriting that underpins all of gorman’s designs, from its whimsical signature prints, directional knitwear and distinctive colour palettes. for all of its vintage and tribal references, gorman is thoroughly modern and inspired by the everyday, and the local culture and artists that surround us.

gorman

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Orla Kiely Spring 2014

i have never been the biggest Orla Kiely fan, i find her designs often just a little bit too twee. which is exactly what her latest Spring 2014 collection is… but somehow, i like it. the models are certainly channeling Suzy Bishop – the collection was, after all, inspired by the Girl Guides – but with a more African safari slant, something i can totally get behind. plus those shoes are just THE BEST.

images courtesy of WWD.










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Jewels Trois

another edition of Jewels! please click on the images to be taken to the relevant designer / shop.

Jewels Trois // Miss Moss
Jewels Trois // Miss Moss
Jewels Trois // Miss Moss
Jewels Trois // Miss Moss
Jewels Trois // Miss Moss
Jewels Trois // Miss Moss
Jewels Trois // Miss Moss
Jewels Trois // Miss Moss
Jewels Trois // Miss Moss
Jewels Trois // Miss Moss
Jewels Trois // Miss Moss
Jewels Trois // Miss Moss
Jewels Trois // Miss Moss

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